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Medifast Introduces a State-of-the-Art R&D Workspace
BALTIMORE, May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Medifast (NYSE: MED), the global company behind one of the fastest-growing health and wellness communities, OPTAVIA®, announced today the opening of a new research and development hub, the Medifast Product Innovation Center. The workplace is designed to support innovation as the company anticipates continued rapid growth and focuses on expansion in the $230 billion health and wellness market. The Medifast Product Innovation Center integrates state-of-the-art office, lab and pilot plant spaces and enhances research and development, packaging engineering, quality assurance and food regulatory efforts.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony with company leadership, business partners and local government representation featuring tours and lab demonstrations will commemorate the opening on May 10.
"The Medifast Product Innovation Center is a pivotal investment for our continued growth," said Dan Chard, Chairman and CEO of Medifast. "The business' revenue has more than doubled twice in five years, and we are eager to provide a space to fuel our progress as we look to build on our success in the weight management industry and continue to focus on new segments in the broader health and wellness market. Scientifically developed products are one key component of the OPTAVIA program. This space will allow us to deliver high-quality, unique products to our independent Coaches so they can support Customers on their journeys to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time better than ever before."
The lab and pilot plant within the Medifast Product Innovation Center provide a wide range of ingredient science technology to enable ideation that will support expanding the OPTAVIA offer into other healthy habit areas, prototyping on small scale production equipment for powders and bars as well as quality assurance for finished goods.
"The Medifast Product Innovation Center advances our ability to support our scientists and engineers, deepening their technical capabilities," said Doug Zimmermann, Medifast's Vice President of Research and Development. "Within this dedicated space, we can ideate new product platforms, test products for optimization and develop new products more efficiently and effectively."
At the Medifast Product Innovation Center, team members have access to innovative workspaces, collaboration areas, modular accessories, high-powered IT connectivity, "hoteling" desks for visitors and more. The space was designed with health and wellness top of mind, including an abundance of natural light and neutral colors, motivational branding, ergonomically designed adjustable sit or stand desks and a designated room for nursing mothers.
Including the Product Innovation Center, Medifast now has operations in several locations within the state of Maryland alone, from its headquarters in Baltimore City to several manufacturing and distribution centers. This expansion in Maryland follows office openings in Utah in 2020 as well as Hong Kong and Singapore in 2019.
Medifast's OPTAVIA program merges decades of experience with new scientific product and plan development alongside personal support from Coaches and a Community to help Customers create healthy habits. The enhanced resources provided by the Medifast Product Innovation Center play a key role in the company's vision to grow OPTAVIA within the fast-growing health and wellness market, impacting lives one healthy habit at a time.
Medifast (NYSE: MED) is the global company behind one of the fastest-growing health and wellness communities, OPTAVIA®, which offers scientifically developed products, clinically proven plans and the support of independent OPTAVIA Coaches and a Community to help Customers achieve Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®. As the publicly traded market leader by revenue in the U.S. $7 billion weight management industry, the company has impacted more than 2 million lives through its Community of OPTAVIA Coaches, who teach Customers how to develop holistic healthy habits through the proprietary Habits of Health® Transformational System. Medifast was recognized in 2022 as one of America's Best Mid-Sized Companies by Forbes, in 2020 and 2021 as one of FORTUNE's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies and was named to Forbes' 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America list in 2017. For more information, visit MedifastInc.com or OPTAVIA.com and follow @Medifast on Twitter.
Forward Looking Statements
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